GAYLORD, Minn. (AP) — A former Lutheran pastor from rural Gibbon in south-central Minnesota goes on trial this week on charges he had illegal sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl.

The Journal of New Ulm reports 52-year-old David E. Radtke is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and two other felonies.

Prosecutors allege the former pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church gave the girl late-night back massages and touched her sexually several times in his home last May.

Court records show the girl told investigators that Radtke asked her for forgiveness after the sexual incidents.

Radtke allegedly told an investigator the incidents were a lapse of judgment and that he would take full responsibility.

The trial is scheduled to start Tuesday in Sibley County District Court.

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Comments (12)
  1. GRANDMA says:


  2. Shirl Mann says:

    Where were the parents?????????????

  3. Father Hands says:

    The Ol’ Clergy “lapse of judgement” huh?

  4. Bryson Powers says:

    “How did I know she was only 16. Heck,she looked 17!”

  5. Change of Pace says:

    Highly unusual incident here,it’s usually the boys they assault.

    1. Roj says:

      How is it that you are such an expert?

      1. @roj says:

        How is it that you are so clueless?

  6. See BS says:

    Hollywood media Corporations use casting couches for this kind of stuff.

    Strange how the Christian Religion gets single out for things DFL public schools and hollywood people do more frequently and without the same press.

  7. Rags says:

    Did she enjoy it?

    1. John says:

      Did she enjoy it? Would you like your ass wrangled by a pervert? Maybe YOU would, freak.

      1. See BS says:

        Sounds like it happened on more than one occassion.

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